Monday links

August 21, 2017

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science:

Pig-to-person spread of flu a concern — Ohio State University
The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of time pigs and people congregate make good sense for both the animals and humans, say the authors of a new study.

Chicken feathers — poultry’s diamond in the rough — Poultry Times
Chicken feathers are often seen as a nuisance to broiler house employees and are often thrown away, but the appendages are made out of proteins, specifically keratin which is found in teeth and bones. They could be used in the future to create biodegradable materials.

Food Safety:

Don’t let food poisoning eclipse the afterglow after the big event — Food Safety News
Food Safety News adds its own food safety-related tips to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s eclipse safety guide, for those of you who might be having outdoor eclipse-watching parties. Watch safely!

Is Avian Influenza a Food Defense Issue? — Food Safety Magazine
The announcement of an avian influenza outbreak in commercial poultry is not good news for the industry. The presence of highly pathogenic strains can cause the human food chain to lose a lot of meat that is hard to replace, making alternative sources of protein hard to find and more expensive.


Using satellite data to estimate crop yield — University of Illinois
Without advanced sensing technology, humans only see a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems, like forming a complete picture of cropland to estimate crop yield in the U.S. Corn Belt.

2017: Mycotoxins in feed remain a problem — All About Feed
DON and fumonisins continue to top the list of most prevalent mycotoxins found across the globe. This is concluded based on analyses conducted on samples sourced from 63 countries around the world from January to June 2017.


How toxicology testing determines which drugs killed overdose victims — Daily Herald
Deputy coroners who respond to death scenes learn to spot the signs of an opioid overdose, but their trained assessment isn’t enough to certify a cause of death. There needs to be proof. That’s where toxicology testing comes in.


Total solar eclipse 2017: How to make a pinhole projector from a cereal box — ABC News
If your approved solar-eclipse glasses didn't come in time or the store is sold out, it’s not too late to safely see the eclipse. Using some items you can find around the house, you can make a pinhole projector, which allows you to see a reflected image of the event.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology